The Effects Of Drugs On Horse Racing

2044 Words Sep 20th, 2016 9 Pages
Introduction
Following the economic recession of 2008, a survey of more than 10,000 horse owners appears to suggest recovery of the industry. Results showed that 70.6% of respondents owned or managed the same number of horses they did in 2014, indicating an increase in overall industry stability.

1) The use of Drugs in Horse Racing in the US
A particular topic that remains controversial is the use of ‘Lasix’ (an anti-bleeding medication) in US horse racing, questioning the purity of the sport.
Bleeding in the lungs, commonly referred to as Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhaging (EIPH) is caused when a horse is placed under pressure during intense exercise and the raised pulmonary pressure means the capillaries in the lungs are prone to rupture (https://www.racing.com/news/2015-01-08/the-great-lasix-debate---how-well-is-it-understood). Lasix is said to reduce the severity of EIPH and the incidence of epistaxis (bleeding through the nose). Therefore, in terms of equine welfare it has considerable benefits with trainers, who use the drug to help alleviate the problem. An example of this is with the 1964 winner of the Kentucky Derby, Northern Dancer, who was given Lasix before his record breaking performance.
However, concern lies with the performance enhancing and masking abilities in competition. Horses treated with the drug have been reported to run faster, earn more money and are more likely to finish first, second or third than horses not receiving it…
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